Heather Clancy

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Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism life as a business writer with United Press International in New York. She holds a B.A. in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and has a thing for Lewis Carroll.

I am fascinated about how businesses of all sizes can transform their operations through technology -- not just to make themselves more efficient, but to rise above their competitors. That's the theme for my two ZDNet blogs, Small Business Matters and Next-Gen Partner. For SmartPlanet, I'm focused on profiling inspirational and controversial business leaders who have great leadership lessons to share. I also write regularly and passionately about corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues for GreenBiz.com. Occasionally, I will pop up at an industry conference in some sort of speaking capacity. In cases where an engagement involves a sponsor that may be covered in this blog, that fact will be disclosed in coverage as appropriate. My corporate writing work usually consists of crafting research white papers about some aspect of technology or moderating Webcasts. In the event that my commentary (in written, audio or video form) mentions a company for which I have provided consulting advice, I will disclose that fact. However, there is no connection between these projects and topics that I cover in my blogs.

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APC updates power distribution technology

APC updates power distribution technology

Data center power technology company APC by Schneider Electric is updating its power distribution unit (PDU) portfolio with a new series of products that fall under the Next Generation Metered and Switched Rack PDU moniker.The products will focus on features that allow for closer rack-level monitoring of power and environmental factors that can affect energy efficiency, in an extremely small "zero-U" form factor.

August 5, 2010 by in Data Centers

eBay: Data center efficiency = business survival

eBay: Data center efficiency = business survival

Back in 2007, the powers-that-be at eBay had an epiphany: The way it was building data centers was unsustainable, especially from a power and cooling standpoint."At some point, the cost of running the sites would negatively affect our business," said Dean Nelson, senior director of Global Data Center Services for eBay, during a presentation at the recent Symposium 2010, held by the Uptime Institute in New York.

May 23, 2010 by in Data Centers

Part 2: Does DC have a place in the data center?

Part 2: Does DC have a place in the data center?

Today, a few words about Eltek Valere, a maker of Direct Current power infrastructure technology that is giving the green movement a great big bear hug.Eltek Valere's biggest customer focus is the telecommunication industry, which Eltek Valere Chief Marketing Officer Greg Fasullo hasn't been much discussed as a consumer of enormous amounts of electricity.

February 9, 2008 by in Data Centers

This UPS doesn't just save your work when the power goes out, it cuts tech power use

This UPS doesn't just save your work when the power goes out, it cuts tech power use

Underneath my desk, there is a ball of wires and cords that some days resembles sticky pasta in the colander, plus my wireless router, which I kick over at least one time a day. I am embarrassed to admit publicly that while I have a surge protector I have no UPS (aka uninterruptible power supply), which I'm sure will cause many of you to shake your heads in disgust.

January 18, 2008 by in Data Centers